NATIVE DAUGHTER: Camille Cogswell, named 2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, began her culinary studies at Asheville High School and interned as a teenager at West End Bakery.

Asheville native named James Beard Foundation 2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year

A Philadelphia pastry chef with deep Asheville roots claimed one of the top honors this year in a competition that’s widely considered to be the Oscars of the food world — the James Beard Awards. Camille Cogswell, who started on her career path in Asheville High School’s culinary arts classes and did an internship as a teenager at the West […]

NCRLA seeks chefs and distilleries for statewide culinary competition

RALEIGH, N.C., April 17, 2018 — The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association is now accepting applications for its third annual NCRLA Chef Showdown, presented by Got to be NC. The culinary competition features the talents of chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists from across the state. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 4. “This one-of-a-kind competition […]

Asheville-area competitors win top honors at Charleston’s Low Country Oyster Festival

Press release from N.C. Oyster 365: Durham, NC, January 31, 2018: Last Sunday, North Carolina represented at the Low Country Oyster Festival in Charleston, SC.  The 35 annual event boasts the largest oyster festival in the country. But North Carolina can boast the fastest oyster shuckers, at least for last weekend’s contest. Tres Hundertmark of […]

Well-Bred Bakery and Café celebrates 15th anniversary with discount, Jan. 10

Well-Bred Bakery and Café celebrates its 15th anniversary on Wednesday, Jan. 10, with a discount for patrons. The business will offer 20 percent off all items all day, excluding catering and future special orders, at its original Weaverville location, says catering coordinator John Breckels. In addition to the location at 26 N. Main St., Weaverville, Well-Bred […]

Catawba Valley Brewing Co.

Catawba Valley Brewing Co. completes purchase of Palmetto Brewing Co.

PRESS RELEASE from Catawba Valley Brewing Co.: Morganton, NC and Charleston, SC – Catawba Valley Brewing Company is pleased to announce their completed purchase of Charleston, SC’s Palmetto Brewing Company.  As announced in early November, the Pyatt family has retained 100% ownership of the combined entity. “Catawba and Palmetto have been working on this transaction […]

YMCA of WNC receives grant to rally against rural hunger

PRESS RELEASE from YMCA of Western North Carolina:   Asheville, N.C., Nov. 21, 2017 – The YMCA of Western North Carolina has received a $10,000 grant from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) to partner on a project to connect more eligible young people to child nutrition programs in rural areas of the state. The […]

Blossman Gas Heat for Hunger program benefits MANNA FoodBank

PRESS RELEASE from Blossman Gas: November 16 – Swannanoa, NC – Blossman Gas, located at 170 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC is giving back to the WNC community by donating to MANNA FoodBank this holiday season. The store will donate a portion of the proceeds from residential propane gallons sold from November 20, 2017 to […]

TRIMMING THE TREE: Volunteers construct the 2016 Ingles Giving Tree.

Ingles Giving Tree marks 25th anniversary with Nov. 20 lighting celebration

PRESS RELEASE from MANNA FoodBank: ABOUT THE EVENT: Ingles Giving Tree Lighting Celebration! Monday, November 20, 5:00 PM Ingles Markets and MANNA FoodBank invite the community to attend a very special 25th annual lighting of the Ingles Giving Tree at the Asheville Mall on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. The Ingles […]